Sir Malcolm Arnold, the first British composer to win an Academy Award, died Sept. 23 in London after a short illness. He was 84.
Arnold, who won an Oscar for the music to “Bridge on the River Kwai” in 1958, died in the hospital in Norfolk county, eastern England, after suffering from a chest infection, said Anthony Day, Arnold’s companion for 23 years.
Arnold composed more than 130 films scores, including “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness,” for which he received one of Britain’s prestigious Ivor Novello awards in 1958; “Hobson’s Choice” and “Whistle Down the Wind.”
Arnold also composed nine symphonies, seven ballets, two operas, a musical and more than 20 concertos and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in 1970.
Arnold died on the day his ballet “The Three Musketeers” premiered at the Alhambra Theatre in the northern English city of Bradford; the performance went ahead Saturday night as planned and was dedicated to him.
Arnold is survived by two sons and a daughter.